Despite widespread rumors to the contrary, guitarist Ace Frehley has no plans to rejoin KISS in time for their appearance at the Kiss Symphony concert in late February.
Frehley, who is believed to be working on a solo album for a late 2003 release, told Eddie Trunk, host of a New York hard rock radio show, that he is not currently a member of the group and that his contract with the group expired at the completion of the Farewell Tour, which he thought would signify the end of the band's touring activities.
The following is Trunk's message on the matter, as posted via his official web site:
"Flooded with people from all over the world asking about the status of Ace and KISS. As you all know, I am friends with Ace and am a huge KISS fan and supporter. I do not however have anything to do on any professional level with KISS or Ace's business. That being said, I asked Ace a few days ago what the deal was with him and the upcoming KISS tour and Australian show. Simply put, Ace is not a member of the band at this time. He asked that I let the fans know that he has no plans at this time to rejoin the band, and his contract with them ended after the Farewell Tour, which he also thought was the end at the time. Ace is upset that KISS announces events, and holds press conferences for events, then asks him if he wants to do them after the fact. He claims he was just recently contacted by the band and even told about a tour and concert in Australia. He feels totally left out of the loop and does not believe this is the way a band should function. So as it stands now, Ace does not plan on rejoining KISS for anything. That being said, we have all seen how things can change with the KISS camp, but that's where it stands as of now. Ace may be on with us soon to talk about this further, but for now, he is still working on music for a new solo album for next year. I do not wish to judge or debate anything with KISS, I am just reporting the facts as I have heard them this week from Ace."